Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

(3.2/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. It is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire are curated and exhibited in this museum.Allard PiersonThe name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). This former clergyman was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History, and Modern Languages at the newly founded university. His passion for antiquity, fuelled by his travels to the Mediterranean area, led to his assembling a collection of plaster casts from 1877 to 1895.FoundingThe second professor of archeology at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Six, had a large personal collection of books and antique objects. At his death in 1926, the university had interest in acquiring his collection. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk established the Allard Pierson Foundation in order to make the antiquities collection available for research and teaching. The collection was brought to a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, with the top floor serving as a museum.
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  • Having purchased the Amsterdam city card visited this Museum since it was included. Let's say if you have a fast lap time it may even deserve .... do not recommend it if you're short on time or if you have to sacrifice other things that interest you
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  • This is a small museum but if you are interested in Roman and Egyptian archeology then it's worth a visit. It's old school...no bells and whistles but everything was well explained and displayed. Ther...  more »
  • Cute museum with Egyptian and Roman artifacts. That's it. Detailed description of the items. More educational than entertaining. 
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  • I'm not really a specialist about the theme but it turns out to be a great experience visiting the museum since one of the helpers, who is a phD studying history in UvA explained thoroughly to me and my friend. And then I learnt that many of the displays there are real but not fake. Certainly deserve to take a look there and talk to the guide.
  • Ok archeological museum. Not super special but fine if you're into the subject.
  • Fine museum. I especially like the Egyptian collection. Visited during the DWDD pop-up museum exhibition, which was unfortunately one big mess.
  • I hadn't yet the opportunity to visit it all but I'm looking forward to be back because it seems really interesting. I participated in a meeting about digital museum in a special conference room and the personnel at the front desk has been very helpful and kind giving me the right information.
  • Interesting exhibits, especially the ancient Egyptian section. Worth noting some of the information was only in Dutch, the main text had English translation.